September is National Preparedness Month

With September almost over I wanted to make sure that all of you knew that September is “National Preparedness Month.”  So are you prepared?

With this being the five-year anniversary of the devasting Hurricane Katrina, it is important that we all take some time to think about what would happen if a devasting situation happened where we live.  Do you have a disaster preparedness plan in place?  Not only for your home, but for your business.

With the Presidential proclaimation, President Obama declares September 2010 “National Preparedness Month” and urges all citzens to take an active role in being better prepared.

The SBA (Small Business Administration) encourages business owners to plan for disasters.  Here are some of the tips they suggest:

  1. Develop a solid emergency response plan.  Find evacuation routes from the home or business and establish meeting places.  Make sure everyone understands the plan beforehand.  Keep emergency phone numbers handy.  Business owners should designate a contact person to communicate with other employees, customers and vendors.  Homeowners, renters and business owners should ask an out-of-state friend, colleague or family member to be a “post-disaster” point of contact, supporting the flow of information about short-term relocations, recovery, additionals sources of assistance, etc.
  2. Make sure you have adequate insurance coverage.  Disaster preparedness begins with having adequate insurance coverage-at least enough to rebuild your home or business.  Homeowners and business owners should review their policies to see what is or isn’t covered.
  3. Copy important records.  It’s a good idea to back up vital records and information saved on computer hard drives, and store that information at a distant offsite location in fireproof safe deposit boxes.  You should have copies/back ups of important documents ready to take with you if you have to evacuate.
  4. Create a “Disaster Survival Kit.”  The kit should include a flashlight, a portable radio, extra batteries, first-aid supplies, non-perishable food, bottled water, a basic tool kit, plastic sheeting and garbage bags, cash and a digital camera to take pictures of the property damage after the disaster.

For more tips please check out the SBA website at: http://www.sba.gov/idc/groups/public/documents/sba_homepage/news_release_10-49.pdf

You can also check out my vlog “Creating an Emergency Car Kit“  to see what I have in my car kit.

But it is extremely important to also make sure your children know the plan and understand it, especially if you are not home in case of a fire, etc.  Make sure they have emergency phone numbers of family and neighbors that can help them out.  Practice your plan and update if needed.

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I am the CEO of ExecuEssential Administrative Services, Inc. and President of Special Mompreneurs. I am also a direct sales consultant for Clever Container, first-time publisher and freelance writer. I have a 4 year old boy with Down Syndrome, a 16 yr old stepdaughter and a loving husband.

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